Healthy soil, healthy food, healthy community. Last month we focused on the first pillar of Cafe UBUNTU's vision, for in order to have healthy food (pillar #2) we must have healthy soil first. Now we are taking a look at the concept of healthy food and healthy eating.
According to Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director of the World Health Organization, "non-communicable diseases (NCGs)", such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, et al, contribute to 2.7 million deaths worldwide each year....disproportionally affecting low and middle income countries.And as it happens, diet related NCGs are actually one of the leading preventable causes of death.
So what you eat really does matter! And across the globe, a healthy diet is comprised of different things....but a few common elements remain. Balanced nutrients, limited salt and sugar intake, and all the while being affordable and culturally appropriate. To us, a healthy diet means whole grains, moderated animal proteins and lots and lots of fruits and vegetables (from our organic farm!). In fact, we try and sneak them in wherever we can.....have you tried our Green Smoothie?! It has over 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in it! Add some fresh ginger and you've got an extra punch of natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. Plus, its great for digestion!
We like to feel good about what we eat, not only because the way it comes to our plates is better for the environment, but because it is actually healthier and more nutritious for us! Stay tuned next week to take a look at how produce for our farm is actually better for you than produce imported to the market....